OAKLAND — The Lakers’ grit was in evidence during their 129-121 victory tonight over the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors’ ran and ran and ran and ran, pushing the Lakers to the brink before fading down the stretch. Kobe Bryant had 30 points to lead the Lakers, Pau Gasol added 24 points and 13 rebounds and Lamar Odom had 22 points.
Bryant on a variety of subjects: “We kept our poise tonight. Pau Gasol is an All-Star. He is tough down low. It’s always fun coming up here (to Oakland), especially because the Warriors are always going to play hard. Monta Ellis is phenomenal. He is one of my favorite players in the league to watch.”
Coach Phil Jackson on a lack of rebounding: “Well, they (the Warriors) shot 60 percent in the first half and 7-for-9 from the 3-point line. When that happens, there aren’t too many rebounds that are available.”
Jackson on Trevor Ariza, who made two key 3-pointers down the stretch: “He would have hesitated on them (last season). I think he would have taken them, but it wouldn’t have been a natural thing to swing into it. He’s playing with much more confidence.”